A lot of the main focus from the media regarding the new NBA season is the Los Angeles Lakers because of their new additions: Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. It seems like this is just a repeat of a few years ago when the Miami Heat had just acquired Lebron James and Chris Bosh. These teams are formed by the addition of star players to already decent teams, forming the super teams. The teams are often criticized because a bunch of stars take a smaller amount of money so they can all play on the same team. So, there’s been a lot of negative media on the players that decide to form the super teams.
The media loves to pick on players like Lebron James and Dwight Howard for forming these teams, and maybe these criticisms are valid but at the end of the day, super teams, mainly the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers, are a good thing.
So, why are the NBA super teams good? They are good because at the end of the day it’s what people want to see. Viewers want to see Lebron throw a bounce pass to Dwayne Wade or Kobe Bryant giving the ball to Dwight Howard in the post. Watching the stars of the league play with each other is so much more exciting than watching a regular boring team.
There is no denying the Heat are incredibly entertaining to watch. The Heat draw in fans and attention outside of the normal basketball viewers. Critics of Lebron James say that leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers was cheating. They argue that he couldn’t win in Cleveland so he went to the super team in Miami just to win a championship. Lebron leaving the Cavaliers wasn’t cheating. Lebron was just doing what was best for him. Lebron wasn’t having success in Cleveland so he took his career to a place where he is and will most likely continue to be successful: Miami.
The NBA players play for themselves. They play for the money and the fame. Ultimately, Lebron leaving the Cavaliers is the best thing that could happen for the NBA as a league and in turn the super teams are ultimately good. Fans want to see the stars playing together, and now they get to.